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but will pick up. joining him on the stage, deval patrick and state workers. kathleen sebelius answered questions from frustrated lawmakers on the botched rollout. what's next for the site and millions of canceled subpar plans. >> let me say directly to those americans, you deserve better. i apologize, i'm accountable to you to fixing the problems. >> is he keeping his promise to them? >> congresswoman, they can get health insurance. they must be offered new plans. >> some people like to drive a ford not a ferrari and some like to drink out of a red solo cup. >> hold me accountsable, i'm responsible. >> they never asked you to delay the launch date. >> they did not. frankly, i think it is not valuable at this point to do a lot of pointing blame, fixing the blame. what i want to do is fix the problem. i told the president that we were ready to go, clearly i was wrong. we were wrong. we knew that in any big new complicated system, there would be problems. no one ever imagined the volume of issues and problems that we've had. and we must fix it. >> and on other side of the hill, the senate
for kathleen sebelius during a health care grilling. >>> plus mother nature is scaring up tricky troubles for halloween. >>> good morning and happy halloween. i'm mara schiavocampo. we start in boston where the celebration has been 95 years in the making. >> it hasn't happened at fenway park for 95 years, the red sox are world champions. >> last night the red sox won their third world series in a decade but their first at fenway park since 1918. the night began with an appearance by red sox legends. fisk hit the famous walkoff homer. shane victorineo with a triple. in the fourth drew powers a solo homer driving the fans into a frenzy with the sox up 4-0. the bench goes wild with one of boston's finest caught celebrating. in the fourth bringing in big papi. the red sox win it all 6-1. ortiz was named series mvp with two homers, six rbis and a .688 batting average. here is big papi. >> this is for all of you who have struggled this year. >> boston police have reported a handful of arrests. the celebrations continue into the wee hours of the morning. >>> turning to hss secretary kathleen seb
>>> hi, everyone, i'm tamron hall. we are following developing news, kathleen sebelius accepted responsibility for the botched rollout of healthcare.gov and apologized to americans for glitches that have plagued that website. testifying before the house energy and commerce committee, sebelius called it a quote, miserably frustrating experience, only minutes into her testimony came the first testy exchange as marsha blackburn of tennessee pressed the secretary on why the site was still down this morning. >> this is what is happening right now with this website. we've had somebody in the back trying to sign on. it is down. it is not working. who is responsible for overseeing this project? is it you or your designee? >> we own the site. the site had serious problems. >> who is in charge? >> the question now in charge, qssi -- >> who was in charge -- >> was in charge and up until -- >> at that team, who is the individual? >> michelle snyder. >> michelle snyder is the one responsible for this debacle? >> excuse me, congresswoman, michelle snyder is not responsible for the debacle. ho
with . >>> good wednesday morning. right now on "first look", kathleen sebelius faces intense grilling from congress on the rollout debacle of healthcare.gov. and president obama heads to boston to talk up the program. >>> remember the movie "casablanca"? the leader of nsa intelligence likens the wire tapping controversy to the film. >>> and a wine shortage predicted for our future. >>> only minor injuries from this crash. >>> a woman plans to give overweight children letters rather than candy for halloween. >>> good morning. i'm mara schiavocampo. obama care will be on the spotlight again today on capitol hill. for the first time the administration issued a direct apology for the problem-plagued healthcare.gov website. tracie potts joins us with the latest. what can we expect today? >> reporter: you can expect pointed questions to kathleen sebelius. we've been looking through this, there are eight pages of prepared testimony where she'll talk about the problems with the website, but critics also want to know it tnoknow did the gove about the problems in advance and can americans even affor
. >> right now on "andrea mitchell reports," taking the blame. hhs secretary kathleen sebelius in the hot seat today, acknowledging the rollout is, in her words, a debacle, but facing new questions now about whether the website exposes millions of americans to a security risk of their personal data. >> don't you think you have the obligation to tell the american people that we're going to put you in this system, but beware, your information is likely to be vulnerable. would you commit today, secretary, to shut down the system and do an end-to-end security test? >> no, sir. if you read the memo -- >> oh, i have read it. >> it goes on to say that weekly testing of devices, including interface testing daily, weekly, scans are going on. this is a temporary -- >> that's not what the memo says, number one. number two, the contractors will tell you it's not happening. >> mr. chairman, point of order. i think witness ought to be allowed to answer. >> spies like us, facing senate threats to curb their powers. u.s. intelligence chiefs push back against charges they've gone rogue for spying on angel
. >> i am accountable to you for fixing these problems. >> taking the blame. >> kathleen sebelius. >> we were wrong. we must fix it. >> a few committee members. >> had their rehearsed one-liner. >> to be played on cable news. >> some people like to drive a ford not a ferrari. >> has a man ever delivered a baby. >> of come on in the water is fine. >> toto, we are not in kansas. >> the proverbial, we are not in kansas any more. >> you are from kansas. we are not in kansas anymore. >> you clearly, whatever. >> we are working overtime to improve it every day. >> that's good news. >> this is the hall where. >> mitt romney. >> pick any other republican in the country. >> he did the right thing on health care. >> he is the worst republican in the country. >> we are in this together. aened we are going to see it through. we are going to see this through! [ cheers and applause ] >> so sorry that we can't afford the rights to clips of wizard of oz. the secretary of health and human services faced hours of questions at a house committee hearing today about affordable care act. president obama by pa
. >> mr. gardner. >> thank you, mr. chairman. thank you, secretary sebelius for being here. here's my letter. this is the letter that my family got cancelling our insurance. we chose to have our own private policy back in colorado so we could be in the same boat as every one of my constituents. yet, my insurance policy has been canceled. the white house website says, if you like your health plan you have, you can keep it. did i hear it wrong? >> again, sir, i don't know how long you've had your policy or -- >> why aren't you losing your insurance? >> pardon me? >> why aren't you losing your health insurance? >> because i'm part of the federal employees -- >> why aren't you in the exchange? you're in charge of this law, correct? why aren't you in the exchange? >> because i'm part of the federal employee health benefits plan. >> why won't you go into the exchange? you're part of this law. you're literally in charge of this law. should you be any different than all of the other americans out there who are losing their health insurance today? >> i'm part of the 95% with affordable, availa
of this hearing today with kathleen sebelius, the health and human services secretary. georgia congressman, your doctor, you can't tell me you've read this law. marsha blackburn, we're not going to let you off the hook either. i think these republicans out to come out, raise their right hand and say i have read obama care, first page to last page. they wouldn't oh be bringing up these issues if they knew. it is clearly stated in the law about what happens to people who are going to lose the junk insurance. but the republicans have taken it, and they hoodwinked some of the people in the mainstream media to believe this is really a bad deal, and what obama is really doing is, well, he's screwing you. come on, folks. this is about moving america forward. john f. kennedy, we played a clip of him last night on this program from 50 years ago, talking about how other industrialized countries around the world are ahead of us. and they're still ahead of us. this is the catch-up mode. this is america getting the game for the american people. this is protecting consumers. the president at the top of his g
on systemic failures. did she see the problems coming? did she tell hhs secretary sebelius? i want to bring in our company. e.j. dionne, susan page is usa today's washington bureau chief. good morning. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> let's start with who she is. i think it's interesting. she was a nurse in the e.r., she worked her way up to ceo of a couple of big hospitals. so she knows something about running complicated organizations. susan, what are you expecting to see this morning? >> i think she's going to get a more respectful hearing than kathleen sebelius is likely to get tomorrow, but this is a warm-up for tomorrow's hearing with secretary sebelius. you know marilyn tavenner has earned a good reputation in washington as a straightforward person and competent manager. on the other hand, it's her agency that's been in charge of this exchange website that has had so many problems so she is sure to be grilled about that. >> it was one of her people, though, who pushed through a change, e.j., that forced users to create these accounts before they shopped for insurance and that's w
and human services secretary kathleen sebelius. as we've been watching all morning long, marilyn tavenner has been trying to answer all of these questions to the best of her ability. when it comes to the affordable care act, one of the biggest ones being is how many people have actually enrolled. we know that there have been a lot of different hits on the different websites, but they won't have accurate numbers of enrollees in coming up mid-november. at least that's what we learned this morning. we have a lot to talk about this hour but i want to start off with nbc news investigative correspondent lisa myers who joins our conversation and dr. cory herbert from the lsu health sciences center. lisa, let me start with you because you had your exclusive report out explaining why so many millions of americans were getting cancellation notices. explain what your reporting has learned. >> basically we were trying to get our hands around what was going on out there and we looked strictly at the 14 million people getting their insurance from the individual market. they are getting cancellations or
. >> according to her prepared testimony, sebelius will repeat the last line nearly verbatim saying they have not lived up to the expectations of the american people. her remarks do not include a formal apology and she is expected to blame the private contractor who is built the site saying their work has not met expectations. overnight the house oversight committee released a report from the main contractor showing it reported concerns that the site was not ready for launch as far back as august. the status report was not a dire warning and was more of a list of things to do. republican lawmakers are demanding accountability. >> who is in charge of this? it was you? >> yes. i'm in charge of the program. >> there is a saying you have to inspect what you expect. were there expectations at all? >> how do you not know how many people have enrolled? >> we will have the numbers available mid-november. >> i can guarantee we will have a system that is working. we will improve the speed of the system. >> excuse me. you say the system right now is working some >> i'm saying it's working, just not at t
sebelius to clear this up so people do not believe they are abandoned and have nothing and better explanation of what process -- and to wen daul's point that a sliver of people impacted in this way would go through? >> it's hard to know. you'll see kathleen sebelius tomorrow. the president will be in massachusetts tomorrow as well talking about health care. the fundamental problem here is that you had a president who went out on the stump when he was campaigning and talking about health care who over and over and over again said if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. it seemed now that isn't true. we had a lot of stories starting to flood the zone here at this point with people saying their premiums are going up, they've been canceled from the health insurance plans they had and liked. people saying that they get obama care, the doctor that's actually in their -- in the hospital isn't actually taking these plans. the problem is there isn't counter stories about successful signups from obama care, so this administration has a real problem on their ha
in session. this time with health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius fielding the questions. from congressmen eager to get to the bottom of the rocky health reform rollout. did you know, for example, that kathleen sebelius used to be governor of kansas? >> madam secretary, while you're from kansas -- >> you were governor and state insurance commissioner in kansas. >> which is also the site of an iconic american film. >> there is a famous movie called "the wizard of oz." >> some may say we are actually in the wizard of oz land. >> that land you speak of, sir, is called oz. but kathleen sebelius was not actually born in congress, which means she could not have run into the 90-year-old texas congressman hall. >> were you born in mead, kansas? >> i was not, i was born in cincinnati, ohio. >> i was in third grade there and thought i saw you on a tricycle. >> who was on that bike? we may never know, so the republicans moved on. >> do you agree with this kind of advertising for obama care? >> i can't see it? >> it is a college student doing a keg stand, do you approve of this kind of adv
. not for the red sox but to speak about the affordable care act. kathleen sebelius is expected for the blame contractors. >> she's profiling. call in caroline kennedy. >> saying they did not meet expectations. >> it's the proift sector's fault. >> however, late last night, chairman darryl is sa ell issa government agency there was not adequate november time to test the website. the woman in charge of the obama care marketplace testified before congress and apologized for issues with the site. he was asked when we will see how many people signed up for coverage through the obama care exchanges. >> you have no numbers on who's enrolled, so have you for the idea? >> we will have those numbers available mid-november. >> i am saying you will publicly release those number, do you have an idea on a weekly basis how many people have enrolled, how do you know how many people are enrolled? >> jeremy kemp, we will have those numbers mid-november. >> i am sure you have been termed a quarterback of the rollout. i am sure you did not choose those words yourself. can you guarantee no americans will have a
services secretary kathleen sebelius will testify about the problems with the website. renee elmers of north carolina is one of the committee members who will committee is sebelius. >> why did she repeatedly tell us by that october 1st, that website would be ready to go, that every american would be able to come on? i also want to understand, who did what when. who was calling the shots? i'd also like to know from kathleen sebelius, how am i going to respond? i'm getting thousands of requests from reaching out to my office, telling me that their health care premiums are going up and their health care plan they have is being canceled. >> nbc's white house correspondent peter alexander joins us. based on what that one member of congress wants to ask, you have a laundry list. it's going to be a hot one on k will be speaking and president obama simultaneously to massachusetts, they implemented something to obama care in 2007-2008. white house advisers say we're okay here. we expect most signups to happen in later months. if you take the example of massachusetts, only 123 people signed u
. >> the mun keonkey court was in session with health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius fielding questions, of congressmen. did you know for example that kathleen sebelius used to be governor of kansas. >> madam sec scaretary you are kansas. >> you were governor in kansas. >> which is also the site of an iconic american film. >> there is a famous movie called the wizard of oz. >> i know we are not in kansas. >> people went to see the wizard because of the wonderful things he did. >> some might say we are actually in the wizard of ozland. >> that land you speak of, sir is called oz. but sebelius wasn't born in kansas which means she could not have run into the 90-year-old texas congressman ralph hall on a tricycle in meade, kansas. >> were you born in meade, kansas. >> no, in cincinnati, ohio. >> i was in third grade thought i saw you on a tricycle. >> who was the kathleen sebelius look alike in depression area kansas. we may never know. republicans moved on to the relative morality of an ad put out by a colorado nonprofit. >> do you agree with this advertising for obama care. >>
. plus, a house call. secretary sebelius sits down for apologies and caustic questions from congress. we will hear what the health insurers themselves think this is all headed. good morning from new york. happy halloween, it's thursday, october 31st. this is "the daily rundown." let's get to the first reads of the morning. it's halloween and boy, is it scary. the american public is mad at hell and they are not going to take it anymore. with the one-two punch and the health care debacle, they belt a devastating blow to washington and the parties and all their leaders. they describe the results as a shock wave. they will show how much recent events have sapped the american spirit. remember the expression? during the shut down, they pointed the finger at one house. the republicans and they spread to the doorstep of the white house and the public is increasingly losing confidence. 42% of americans approve of the president's job performance, an all time low for him. even when the president experienced a dip in his job rating, he could count on that likability number. it took a hit for the fir
, they want people to have health care. they want to be able to show that this works. >> kathleen sebelius has been in the middle of this, carl, and is going before that committee on wednesday. what does she have to say? what can she do? >> i'm not in the -- giving cabinet secretaries advice. what has to be done is a show of recovered competence, and this has not been a very competent rollout. the president of the united states ought to be saying, look, we have screwed up in terms of how we have rolled this thing out. we're going to learn from it. but let's not be defeated, and let's not be put over on the side and marginalized by the fact that the opposition party has no interest in seeing this succeed. that's what people need to know. that's what bill clinton is talking about. the opposition party wants this buried, not for reasons of americans being healthy but for ideological reasons. once again the country is being ill served just like the government shutdown over ideology over the national interests which is what keeps happening with the republicans on capitol hill. make this thing work.
to the contractors last week and we have kathleen sebelius in the hot seat this week. what are the first questions that you want to ask of the secretary? >> well, what i'd like to know from the secretary is, number one, why did she repeatedly over time tell us that by october 1st, that website was going to be ready to go, that every american would be able to come on. i also want to understand who did what when. who was calling the shots? why was this process interrupted? you know, things like the shop and browse portion were turned off. there are so many questions. but now i'd also like to know from kathleen sebelius how am i going to respond. i am getting thousands of requests from -- reaching out to my office telling me that their health care premiums are going up and that their health care plan that they have is being cancelled. how do i respond to that. those are the questions i'd like to know. >> have you asked anyone in north carolina why the state didn't start its own exchange, knowing that there was going to be a 3.5% increase on all those people in your home state of north carolina that w
and human services secretary, kathleen sebelius, faced intense grilling from house lawmakers on everything from coverage for those in the private market to those website glitches. nbc's kristen welker is traveling with the president, and she joins us now. kristen, that was an upbeat and confident president, defining this law in the context of it being something for all americans to commit to. because, as he said, that's what we are. we can do this, we're in this together, we can accomplish great things that we alone cannot accomplish. >> right. i think that's right, martin. and the headline here today is what you pointed out at the top, which is that president obama really responding to some of that criticism that he's gotten recently for saying that if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. a lot of people getting notices in the mail saying that their plan is going to be cancelled, that their plans might be shifted over to new plans. that's happening, because their plans don't meet the new standards that the president's health care law requires. things like co
understands insurance and how these policies come about, and i thought sebelius was very good today saying look, if these personal poll soys are renewed on an annual basis. >> great to have you. that's "the ed show." politics nation with reverend al sharpton starts now. >>> good evening. and thank you for tuning in. tonight's lead, the president hits back on health care. today president obama went toe to toe against all those right wing critics who have been slamming the affordable care act. just a short time ago in boston, the president addressed to those critics head on and told them to explain themselves. >> it's no surprise that some of the same folks trying to scare people now are the same folks who've been trying to sink the affordable care act from the beginning. and i've said before, folks had actually good ideas, better ideas than what's happening in massachusetts or what we've proposed, for providing people with health insurance i'd be happy to listen. but that's not what's happening. and anyone defending the remnants of the old broken system as if it was working for people -- an
the president. >> on location. >> health care reform. only reason we're here. also kathleen sebelius gave testimony yesterday. it was interesting. >> it was. the problems with the health care roll out along with trouble surrounding the irs, syria and nsa have left president obama with an approval rating of an all time low. a new nbc news "wall street journal" poll finds 42% approve of the job he's doing as president. that's down ten points from when he started his second term. right now 51% disapprove. for the first time in the survey the president's positive/negative rating is upside down, 45% to 41%. public pinto the gop has sunk to a new low. 22% see the party in a positive light. democrats fared 15 points better. those in the poll say they will vote independent in the 2014 elections compared to thele 28% who say they will vote republican. nicole. >> nicole, let's digest things here. president's ratings at an all time low. the republican party's approval ratings at an all time low in the nbc news "wall street journal" poll. i don't see things getting better for either side coming out o
.gov and the president's still trying to solve a plan yesterday in boston while hours earlier kathleen sebelius took full responsibleity. >> so let me say directly to these americans. you deserve better. i apologize. hold me accountable for the debacle. i'm responsible. >> okay. >> so there's no excuse for it, and i take full responsibility for making sure it gets fixed asap. we are working overtime to improve it every day. >> i want to bring in our company, josh barrel, for business insider and erin carmone, national reporter and congressman charles rangel, the democrat from new york. good to see all of you. good morning. a couple of things stood out for me and one is the number that we just showed and that people are sick of their own representative and usually people are sick of congress and they still like their person and the president who always had personal likability, josh, is under water. if you're anybody in washington right now, what do you make of these numbers? i wouldn't be surprised if we were in washington and especially the last month, and i think this is sort of like the situation in 20
" can. but we begin with the affordable care agent. later take, hhs secretary kathleen sebelius will testify on capitol hill. she's expected to blame contractors for the troubles with healthcare.gov saying they did did not meet expectations. however, late last night, darrell issa released documents showing one of the primary obama care contractors warned the government agency there was not enough time to adequately test the website. yesterday marilyn tavenner testified and several republican lawmakers expressed concern for existing policyholders who are losing their health care coverage. >> i want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should. we know how desperately you need affordable coverage. i want to assure that you healthcare.gov can and will be fixed and we are working around the clock to deliver the shopping experience that you tee serve. >> based on what little information the admin station has disclosed, it ourns out that more people have received cancelation notices for their health care plans this month than have enrolled in the exchan exc
's critics. his own cabinet secretary calls the website, quote, miserably frustrating. kathleen sebelius struck an apologizing tone during testimony yesterday. she faced an almost four hour grilling. >> who is responsible for overseeing this project? is it you, or your designee? will. >> we own the site. the site has had serious problems. >> who is in charge, madame secretary? >> the person now in charge as an integrator is qssi, one of our -- >> who was in charge as it was being built? >> qssi was in charge up until -- >> at that team, who is the individual -- >> michelle snyder. >> she's responsible for the debacle? >> excuse me, michelle is not responsible for the debacle. hold me accountable for the debacle. i'm responsible. >> sebelius defended the president's claim that if you have a plan you liked, you could keep it. she insisted the people receiving cancellation notices will be offered better quality options. the key is at what price. while she acknowledged that would weeks was not enough time to test the website, the secretary pushed back against suggestions that sensitive infor
to grill hhs secretary, kathleen sebelius. as she testifies on capitol hill. and i'm absolutely sure they will have nothing but positive and constructive things to say. >> the incompetencies in building this website is staggering. >> why didn't she know that the president's signature, legislation, was, in fact n trouble? >> let's get rid of this failure, and let's start over with something that will work. >> okay. or not. i guess they're staking their hopes on the forthcoming ryan care rollout. and in his weekly address, the president exhibited a touch of healthy skepticism about republicans' new-found concern for those in need of health coverage. >> that's why it's also interesting to see republicans in congress expressing so much concern that people are having trouble buying health insurance through the new website. especially considering they spent the last few years so obsessed with denying those same people access to health insurance, that they just shut down the government and threatened default over it. >> and not only are republicans busy denying health care to millions, and
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did he know? we'll ask that question of secretary sebelius tomorrow in the energy and commerce committee. these are issues of trust that the democrats are going to have to respond to when we go into this election cycle a year from now. >> do you have to campaign? does your republican candidates have to campaign beyond -- do you have to not look like you're rooting for failure? do you have to campaign on a solution that -- i mean, one thing the house republicans haven't had is their own health care plan to run on. >> right. >> i know paul ryan was coming up with one. is that the idea that you'll rally around what paul ryan is writing for january? >> well, first of all, two things. one, you do have to talk about how you're going to solve problems, which is what we did in the energy and commerce committee last week, figuring hout how do you waste $600 million, what they wasted on solyndra, and have a website that doesn't work? we'll get to the bottom of that. whether you like obama care or not, i don't want us to waste $600 million on a site -- >> do you want it to work? do you wa
secretary kathleen sebelius, today's hot seat belonged to medicare administrator, marlin tavenner, the federal official who oversees the new health insurance exchanges. and she became the first senior official to apologize for the troubled rollout. >> to the millions of americans who have attempted to use healthcare.gov to shop and enroll in health care coverage, i want to apologize to you, that the website has not worked as well as it should. i want to assure you that healthcare.gov can and will be fixed and we are working around the clock to deliver the shopping experience that you deserve. >> now, you didn't think that would be enough for congressional republicans, did you? no, indeed. they have already moved on to their newest, latest favorite line of attack. >> if you like your health care plan, you can keep it. is that a true statement? >> the white house.gov website says if you want to keep the health insurance you've got, you can keep it. and now they're being told they can't. that's a lie. >> yeah, that's the one. the claim that millions of americans are losing the insura
. >> mea culpa kathleen sebelius, political reporting may continue to ride the wave of health care cancellation notices. >> it's embarrassing, i think, for them to have to come up to explain this and defend what was a major disaster, but i think as the president said, this isn't just a website. it's much more, and i think the things that are going to be harder for them to defend are the canceled policies and the insurance premium increases and all of the thingses hitting middle-class americans now. >> a new nbc/wall street journal poll showing the issues have put a curse on the left, right, center and the majority of the americans saying the health care law is a bad idea and we need to fix it or nix it. the president's approval rating has hit an all-time low. 62% not approving. and they want to send lawmakers packing. >> it's always to the republican in congress' benefit when they don't have anything legislatively to do, and at the moment, all they have to do is beat up on the president and that's working, i think, all politicians should use this moment as a time to talk about what
you care whether or not it works? today, secretary of health and human services kathleen sebelius testified before a republican house committee on problems with the rollout of the health care law. one republican congressman told her she was not in kansas anymore. another told her, he thought he saw her riding her bike in kansas when she was a child. it was a weird hearing. at one point, the secretary just said whatever. in the middle of an answer at a particularly badgering nonsense moment with a republican member of congress. the republican plan on health care was to pretend like it was not the law. then it was to shut down the government to demand that it not be the law. now the plan is maybe sort of trying to make it better. at least demanding that it be better and demanding answers for why it is not better already. when the problems with obama care start to be resolved as they were in massachusetts when that state's law rolled into effect over a period of months and years, when the problems with this nationally start to settle out and it starts to work, then what should we exp
kathleen sebelius. >> i understand you're not publicly releasing those numbers but i'm asking, do you have any idea of on a weekly basis how many people enrolled in how do you not know how many people have enrolled? >> we'll have those numbers available mid november. >> while the sniping over the website persists in committee, republican leadership is out with a new message. we're over the website. >> the problem with obama care isn't just the website, it's the whole law. >> the bottom line is the problems with obama care run deeper than just the website. >> the problems go well beyond a flopped website. >> it is clear obama care and flaws are much more than the website. the website is the tip of the iceberg. >> this week republicans smelled blood in president obama's claim no americans would be kicked off their existing plans. >> let me repeat this. nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have. >> and yet as nbc reports a detailed look at the legislation shows that the administration knew that more than 40 to 67% of those in the individual market, or some percentage of 14 mill
the free time to pursue their own priorities, and in his case, a issubpoena t kathleen sebelius, ordering her to release documents related to the healthcare.gov website. we're pretty sure the secretary's reaction went something like this. >> you clearly -- whatever. >> right, whatever. and the same could be said of senator ted cruz, the would-be grim reaper of the affordable care act. keeping himself busy denying the crass political calculation behind his entire reckless shutdown fiasco. >> people were saying you did it for political reasons because you want to run for president, but do you? >> look, my focus is on 2016 -- jobs and economic growth. >> saying that you did everything because you want to run for president. >> you know -- >> that's not a conversation you want to have yet, or -- >> there is a classic political strategy that if you can't defend the substance, you try to change the topic. >> do you want to run for president? >> my focus is on the u.s. senate. >> yes. of course, it is. pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. let's get right to our panel. here in new york,
picture of a keg. >> that was republican congressman grilling kathleen sebelius this week. he was referring to an ad campaign. this features a college student doing a keg stand captioned don't tap into that beer money to cover your medical bills. joining me is adam fox, director of the strategic management for the colorado consumer health initiative. adam, it's good to have you here. what was your reaction when that happened on capitol hill? when the congressman was trying to get kathleen sebelius to either give her approval or disapproval of this style of ad? >> well, you know, i don't think -- it really doesn't have anything to do with the secretary, because it wasn't coming from colorado's state-based marketplace much less the federal marketplace. so she really had no idea that this was going to be happening. this was really something that we were doing to try to raise awareness among young adults. >> all right. so connect for health colorado says 3,164 people enrolled as of october 29th. explain to us the campaign and the minds behind this. obviously you look like a young
back. >> miss caps. >> thank you, mr. chairman. thank you, secretary sebelius, for your presence here today and your testimony. i too am frustrated with the flawed rollout of healthcare.gov, i do appreciate your long standing commitment to improving the health care options for all americans and fixing this website quickly. i think it's important to note that in my home state of california and other states as well, the new exchange marketplace, we call it covered california, is working. rates -- constituents are finding that rates are as much as 29% less than those that they found on the marketplace last year. i'm thankful my constituents now have this option. as i look around to complement takes nationwide, it seems clear to me that political decisions in individual states have really made the difference for consumers. the governors and state legislators that embrace this law are delivering for the communities, but those elected who are trying to ignore the opportunities presented and continue to throw up roadblocks both here in congress and in state legislatures should not seem surpr
. health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius and other administration officials revealed that the federal website letting small business owners shop for health plans won't be ready until late november. meanwhile, some small business owners are getting a rude awakening. despite assurances from the white house people can keep their current plans, many small business owners are getting cancellation notices because their current plans don't comply with the new law. helping us try to sort all this out is tom hart, the president of the national association of health underwriters and the president of landmark benefits incorporated. and steve roeper is the president of roeper insurance and financial insurances. great to see both of you. >> thank you. >> good morning. >> tom, let me start with you and give you the first scenario. i am a company and i have less than 50 employees, i don't have to provide insurance, but i would like to. i'm not currently providing it. what do i do? >> well, my first recommendation to any one of those small businesses across the country is don't go to
of kathleen sebelius. >> still need guns? consult healthcare.gov's frequently asked questions for topics like "what the hell," "how have i been on the same page for three hours," "does obama care cover mental issues caused by this website." and the most frequent is "who the government." and then a postcard with the word help to u.s. government. attention internet problems, washington, d.c. and in six to eight weeks you'll receive an informational brochure along with a trial version of incarta encyclopedia plus 1,000 free hours of aol. >> everybody hates paperwork. >>> up next, despite the problems with the federal health care website, the system's working and working well on the state level on states, that is, who want it to work. in those states. that's bad news for the haters out there. you're watching "hardball," the place for politics. >>> i'm milissa rehberger. here's what's happened. a federal judge has declared part of a new texas law placing restrictions on abortions as unconstitutional. the ruling allows a number of effecting abortion clinics in that state to stay open. >>> penn stat
sebelius faces intense grilling from congress on the rollout debacle of healthcare.gov. and president obama heads to boston to talk up the program. >>> remember the movie "casablanca"? the leader of nsa intelligence likens the wire tapping controversy to the film. >>> and a wine shortage predicted for our future. >>> only minor injuries from this crash. >>> a woman plans to give
angela merkel and other world leaders for nearly five years. followed by a few claims of hhs sebelius obama didn't know about problems of the health care website before the launch. the white house frequently has given a variation on this theme. the question, what did obama know and when did he know it? answer not much and about a minute ago. i mean not much and about a minute ago. and so now we're hearing that from other people that he did know for five years that angela merkel and allies have been -- i mean this is bad. >> the length of time that the program has been under operation or at least the lent of time it has been published with various world leaders. if he did not know, if you choose to believe the president of the united states and i believe the president of the united states, i want to believe the president of the united states. >> some reports suggest he signed off on it. >> if he did not know why didn't he know? the larger question is do we have an out of control national security agency? do we have a secret government in the shadows of government that the president of
have been filed but nobody will say how many have actually enrolled. secretary kathleen sebelius is to testify this week before congress as some republicans continue to call for her ouster. and even democrats now are urging change, ten senators calling for open enrollment to be extended beyond the current end date of march 2014. we wanted to help you understand some of the impact of the president's health care plan around the country. we're going to talk to the ceo of florida's largest health insurer cancelling 300,000 of its policies just this week. we're going to talk to him in just a moment. but first i want to turn to democratic senator steve beshear, republican governor john kasich in neighboring ohio. i wanted to take this out of washington because in kentucky you set up your own health care exchange. in ohio, governor kasich, you declined to do so until the federal government comes in to do that. let me start with you. the president says there is no excuse for this terrible rollout for obama care through the website. are you as frustrated with how all of this has started?
and the type. >> website reboot. secretary of hhs kathleen sebelius faces questions on capitol hill wednesday after healthcare.gov went down over the weekend adding fuel to the criticism and more fodder for snl. >> i have a number of friendly tips to help you deal with those problems. for example, have you tried restarting your computer. sometimes it helps to turn the computer off and turn it back on. we don't know why. it just does. >> poetic license, the literally legend maya angelou joins us this hour. children's love for books. >> good day, i'm andrea mitchell in washington. edward snowden's leaks keep coming faster than the white house can even respond. over the weekend the nsa claimed president obama had no idea angela merkel's personal cell phone was tapped back since 2002. so how credible is that denial? joining me now is chuck todd nbc's white house correspondent, political director and host of "the daily rundown." "new york times" white house correspondent mark landler who had a fascinating interview with national security adviser susan rice. that was in the sunday times. mark, firs
kathleen sebelius will come before congress to explain what's going on with healthcare.gov. they gave a preview of what to expect on the sunday shows. >> the president has been poorly served in the implementation of his own signature legislation. >> the incompetence in building this is staggering. >> the rollout is the least of the problem. the rollout looks like a disaster, but in my state, most ohioans are going to pay higher costs. >> but over the weekend it was bill clinton who fired back defending the law and the site. >> look at america today. we've got to implement this health care law. the computer deal will get fixed up, don't worry about that. everybody has forgotten, by the way, that when president george w. bush, a republican put that medicare part d drug program in, it was more unpopular than the health care law and they had terrible problems with the computers. >> over the weekend, yet another problem emerged with the site. a critical data center was shut wn
. >> this week the administration will try its on reboot. sebelius will testify wednesday and also wednesday, president obama takes obama care on the road to massachusetts, a state that's been running insurance exchanges for half a decade. mass is sets the precedent that many in healthcare.gov enrollment will spike the closer we get to the deadline. the irs says 330,000 americans are far enough into the process to find out how big of a subsidy they'll receive. a good indicator of how many people are signing up. but the site faced another glitch. data system that verifies applicant information crashed. 36 states using federal exchanges and the 14 states that run their own. >> friend of the show josh barrow is back, editor of business insider, he is a boston guy. perhaps the answer came from what the healthcare.gov website needs is a pep talk from david ortiz, referring to nice pep talk that big papi was giving the guys in the dugout in the game that led to that winning the game. part of the problem is there's a big project giving the pep talk, part of the problem is we have folks in the democ
. mr. scolese. >> thank you, mr. chairman, for holding hearing and thank you, secretary sebelius for being with us. last week when the contractors were here i asked them all under oath if they had actually delivered the system they were contracted to build and all four of them answered yes. so i want to ask you, did the contractors deliver the system that you contracted them to build? >> i don't think i can accurately answer that question. what we know is we have a system that doesn't function properly. >> we definitely know that. >> as we fix things, we will know more about what is broken along the way and i'll be able -- >> so somebody in your office oversaw the implementation and received the product. >> that's true. >> they either said this is the contract and paid hundreds of millions of dollars to build or it wasn't. does anybody in your office have the ability to get us that? >> i think we can say that the products tested individually, verified individually -- >> but clearly it was an integrated system. >> they don't work well together. >> but, i used to write programs for
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